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Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes

Sydney is in the midst of a milkshake craze right now, and while it’s tempting to jump on the bandwagon and create a ridiculous drink covered in melted chocolate and adorned with an oversized donut, I’m going to stick with what I know best. Cupcakes. (Oh, but I’m not ruling out insane drinks in the future!)


My favourite thing about these cupcakes is that they are both flavoured and coloured with real strawberries! A lot of strawberry cupcake recipes I came across involved either commercial cake mix or strawberry jelly powder. No sickly sweet flavourings or artificial nasties here!

You can use fresh or frozen strawberries and the cupcakes will work just as well (although make sure you defrost the frozen ones first).

As these are strawberry milkshake cupcakes, they obviously need straws! I have a huge collection of gorgeous stripey and polka dot paper straws, but thought making them edible was the way to go.

I headed down to my local Coles and came across these Monetta Wafers – not only do they look the part, they taste amazing. If you can’t find this particular brand where you live, any cylindrical shaped biscuit would work.

I think these would be a big hit at a girl’s birthday (or boy’s, no judgement) as they are ridiculously over the top in all the shades of pink, plus you’re sneakily getting some fruit into them too! Let’s just ignore the butter and sugar in these as well, shall we… ahem


Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Servings: 24
Author: Swah


Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

  • 115 g butter (1 stick)
  • 300 g caster sugar (1⅓ cups)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 285 g cake flour (2¼ cups)
  • Pinch of salt
  • tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup pureed strawberries fresh or frozen

Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing

  • 600 g sifted icing sugar (4-5 cups)
  • 60 g butter, room temperature (1/4 cup)
  • 250 g cream cheese, room temperature (8oz)
  • ½ cup pureed strawberries fresh or frozen

To Decorate

  • Edible wafer straws
  • Sprinkles


Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 24 muffin tins with cupcake papers.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat well.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the cake flour, salt and baking powder.
  • Add the flour mixture to creamed mixture, alternating with the pureed strawberries.
  • Fill cupcake liners about ¾ full with mixture and bake for 15-17 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  • Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing

  • Cream the butter and icing sugar together until well mixed.
  • Add the cream cheese in cubes slowly until incorporated.
  • Add in the pureed strawberries and continue mixing for 5 minutes until the icing is light and fluffy.
  • Spoon the mixture into an icing bag with a nozzle attached and ice the cupcakes.

To Decorate

  • Scatter over pink sprinkles, and then stick an edible wafer straw in each cupcake (I could only find long ones, so I cut each one into thirds.


Have you ever used fresh fruit to flavour and colour your desserts before?


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  • Reply Jessica @ Sweetest Menu September 22, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    These are absolutely gorgeous! I just bought some chocolate wafers on the weekend for a tasty milkshake-themed treat. I love it when I am accidentally ‘on trend.’ I just love how pretty your cupcakes are and that they have real strawberries in them – the best!

    • Reply Swah September 25, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Hooray for being on trend! It doesn’t happen often to me haha x

  • Reply Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages September 24, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Oh these are so perfectly pink and girly, my two girls would love these!

    • Reply Swah September 25, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      So girly aren’t they!! :)

  • Reply Naomi September 27, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Wow, these look great.
    I am on morning tea duties this week and I will give them a go.
    Could you please advise an alternative to cake flour :)

  • Reply Lauren @ Create Bake Make September 28, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Oh I love how there are real strawberries in these as well, they look amazing! Thanks for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays, I hope you had a great weekend :)

    • Reply Swah October 19, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Thanks Lauren!

  • Reply Laura | The Kiwi Country Girl September 28, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    These are stunning! We are having a “pink” morning tea at work next week to fundraise for Breast Cancer…I think I’ll be making these!

    • Reply Swah October 19, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Oh they would be perfect! Enjoy xx

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